1937-05-16 Tour of Brookwood Garden

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1937-05-16 Tour of Brookwood Garden - Shreve-port of com- War In par their Joe 81,...
Shreve-port of com- War In par their Joe 81, parish, roll 1938 In R. previous 19 reunion, discussion, ' in Sid this and SWEET PINKS TO BE GIVEN AWAY TODAY Tour of Brookwood Will Be Under Sponsorship of School Rare plant souvenirs win be given at Brookwood. the James Smlther man garden, to those guests visiting the garden in response to the invitation invitation of the Southfleld school garden tour Sunday afternoon. The potted gift plants will be old-fashioned old-fashioned old-fashioned sweet pink plants, now so rare, but the same colorful flower with that full and spicy fragrance with which your grandmother used to border her Qower beds. The distribution of these hundred of plants was made possible at this time when a member of the South- South- field staff overheard Mrs. Smlther' man say she wished she could con' tact those Individuals who loved pinks as much as she did. So at this opportunity ahe wlQ divide these Dyanthus Plumarious or com' mon old wild grass pinks, which are Mrs. Smitherman's favorite flower, Behind the presentation of these plants Sunday afternoon Is a story, For three years she has nursed tiny seeds to life and reset cuttings of various types of these old pinks. Some of the seed eame from Call' fornia and some from old gardens In Shreveport. But today only about a half dozen gardens in town are known to boast of these old favorites. Sunday afternoon will not be the first time that Mrs. Smitherman has distributed plants and seeds from Brookwood. For several years the tall hollyhocks, glowing red popples and rare chrysanthemums have attracted attracted attention through the Iron fence, and Individuals passing the house have requested to be remem bered when seed and plant time came. So frequent were these requests that through an announcement In the local papers on one occasion a day was set aside whereby garden lovers might come to Brookwood for the free plants and seed. They came from the four corners of the city and many surrounding towns. Following these newspaper announcements, hun dreds of letters from the coast of Maine to the Mexican border enclosing enclosing dimes and stamps for packing of the plants came to Mrs. Smitherman. Smitherman. As a consequence of that previous previous experience, Mrs. Smitherman requests that there be no shipping of the pinks. There will bo plenty for all visitors Sunday, but they will be given only on that day. Mrs. Smitherman has grown the various type flowers to write about for the magazines. Two articles by her, available at the library, were published in the winter of 1036-87 1036-87 1036-87 In 'Wature Magazine" and "The Amer lean Home" telling of the proper pink culture and the reason so many persons have poor luck growing our grandmothers favorites. These ar tides carry the fruit of Mrs. Smith' erman's experience, effort and re search on pink growing. Perfect drainage is stressed. "Not heat kills pinks but wet feet and poor soggy beds. Remember your grandmother used spice pinks to border with," says Mrs. Smither man. , The tan border of perpetual bloom will bo also ot Interest to many gar den lovers when they stroll about the Brookwood garden Sunday. Re gardless of season this border or hedge Is sever without blossoms to cut for home decoration. In zero weather or torrid heat there is ever something to pick. Here interesting things have been done with hardy shrubs and small border plants which will stand much punishment ta other words take car of themselves to a large extent. The coarser shrubs that both bloom and bear bright berries have been Included as well as tht common native plants Ilka golden rod, brown eyed susaat, Klondyke daisies, wild asters, yucca, and Boo ten broom Four o'clocks are not forgotten In this old-fashioned old-fashioned old-fashioned garden, while the goldea day, and butterfly lilies make fragrant those warm summer twilights. Back ta a semi-shaded semi-shaded semi-shaded nook at Brookwood, Mrs. Smitherman found aa Ideal spot for camellaa- camellaa- and Jap-1 Jap-1 Jap-1 onlcas. These will be found by a library window, half hidden from the eye. Here the ground has Just enough sand loam to promote rapid growth. Back ot these , plants evtn the English Ivy crawling over the bricks boasts descent from 'historical roots. The first ivy plants at Brook wood eame from Virginia, from Gen eral Lee's home. Mrs. Smitherman direct descendant of Oeneral Laa through her paternal treat- treat- grandfather, from Prince Edward county, Virginia, The eld daffodils dowa under the trees earn from the old Morton estate of Prince Edward county. . - " - 16

Clipped from The Times16 May 1937, SunPage 44

The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana)16 May 1937, SunPage 44
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